Unskilled EU migrants could be barred from the UK under proposals backed by Brexiteers

Ministers have been urged to focus on training jobless young Brits

SENIOR Brexiteers have backed plans to scrap unskilled migration from the EU after Brexit.

A British work permit system to cut net migration to mid-1990s levels has been sent to Ministers to consider.

Ministers are being urged to focus on “training and upskilling” British people who are currently unemployed – particularly 800,000 16-24 year olds.

But the policy paper, produced by Leave Means Leave, insists on no cap for highly-skilled and entrepreneurial EU workers.

The plans have been backed by former Cabinet Minister Iain Duncan Smith and ex-Brexit Minister David Jones.

They back plans for a post-Brexit “fair, flexible and forward thinking” policy.

Firms would also use the same work permit system used for non-EU migrants which would help stop unequal treatment.

The policy document indicates highly skilled EU migrants would need to have a graduate level job or be paid a £30,000 minimum annual salary.

They would also need competence in English, savings and evidence of a health insurance policy for the duration of their visa.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “This is a sensible set of proposals for a future immigration policy that the Government should adopt.

“It would deliver on the Brexit mandate both to take back control of borders and bring down net levels of migration.”

Net migration for the year ending March 2017 was estimated to be 246,000 down 81,000 on the previous 12 months.

The government is sticking to plans to reduce net migration to 100,000 per year.

Ministers are due to publish an immigration white paper before a bill is expected to go through Parliament next year.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has already insisted EU nationals who arrive in the UK during a transitional period will have to go through a “registration” process.

The Migration Advisory Committee are already carrying out an analysis of the economic and social benefits and costs of EU citizens in Britain.

It will report back in September next year ahead of our EU departure in March 2019.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “After we leave the EU, we will put in place an immigration system which works in the best interests of the whole of the UK.

“We are carefully considering the options for the future immigration system and will set out our plans shortly.”

November 25th, 2017: The Sun